The Bone Spindle (Book #1)
• Fantasy violence • Weapons • Past abusive / manipulative relationship • Giant spiders
An instant indie bestseller
Sleeping Beauty x Indiana Jones YA with ruins, riddles, battle axes & m/f and f/f love!
Fi is a bookish treasure hunter with a knack for ruins and riddles, who definitely doesn’t believe in true love.
Shane is a tough-as-dirt girl warrior from the north who likes pretty girls, cracking skulls, and doing things her own way.
Briar Rose is a prince under a sleeping curse, who’s been waiting a hundred years for the kiss that will wake him.
Cursed princes are nothing but ancient history to Fi—until she pricks her finger on a bone spindle while exploring a long-lost ruin. Now she’s stuck with the spirit of Briar Rose until she and Shane can break the century-old curse on his kingdom.
Dark magic, Witch Hunters, and bad exes all stand in her way—not to mention a mysterious witch who might wind up stealing Shane’s heart, along with whatever else she’s after. But nothing scares Fi more than the possibility of falling in love with Briar Rose.
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"This gender-flipped retelling effortlessly melds romance, adventure,
and fantasy. Highly recommended."
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for The Bone Spindle
• ABA Indie Bestseller
• Amazon Editor's Pick
• Apple Winter's Most Anticipated Booklist
• Amazon Rising Stars: New Fantasy Authors to Watch
• Bustle, Frolic and Goodreads best book of the month
2023 RAINBOW BOOKLIST
ALA List of Best LGBTQIA+ Books for Kids
2023 YALSA Amazing Audiobook for Young Adults
With amazing audiobook narrator Lindsey Dorcus!
"A delight from start to finish, with smart banter, dreamy romance, and daring adventure across an intricate, curse-ridden world."
— Rosaria Munda, author of The Aurelian Cycle
"Packed with fully fleshed-out characters and lots of adventure, this book is a fun read that will easily draw fairy tale lovers. Vedder’s first novel nicely balances its exciting plot with touching matters of the heart."
“[An] action-packed, gender-flipped “Sleeping Beauty” reenvisioning….Video game-style fantasy tropes and energetic plotting provide an alternative to Forgotten Realms and David Eddings for new readers of epic fantasy."
“The Bone Spindle is an incredible YA fantasy debut from Leslie Vedder who delivers a smoothly confident and finely polished gender-flipped fairytale retelling."
—The Nerd Daily